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Southern Museum of Flight

4343 N 73rd St, Birmingham, AL 35206-3642
205 833 8226
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Ranked #15 of 44 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: The Southern Museum of Flight, located three blocks east of the Birmingham-Shuttl... Airport, is one of the largest civilian flight museums in the... more »
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was very surprised at the quality and quantity of great exhibits which were on display at the museum. It was well kept and was a great learning experience for my kids. - The only reason for me not giving it five was it's out of the way location. I found it hard to find and it wasn't close to... More

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We stopped here one afternoon because our son loves planes. There is quite a bit to see, but you probably won't need more than an hour to see it all.

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Bessemer, Alabama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My grandchildren love this museum. The exhibits are well planned and informational for the adults; but the kids love just looking at the airplanes. They have a hands-on exhibits also for younger children and teens. Be sure and bring a picnic for outside where you can eat at a table under a jet. They really enjoyed that. Just follow the... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a really fun place to take your kids. So many planes for them to touch and explore. They are having so much fun they even know they are learning.

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San Diego, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I visited the Southern Museum of Flight upon the recommendation of a Police Officer at the Birmingham Airport! It was a very good "hot tip!" I was very impressed with this facility. The displays were very well done and the museum staff were friendly, knowledgeable and very professional. Beyond the wonderful history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the work of... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A good air museum to take the kids. There are two wings to the museum, one wing contains small civilian aircraft, and the other military aircraft, such as those used to train the Tuskegee Airmen. There are exhibits on various aircraft engines, as well as a Russian Hind helicopter, a MIG 15 Fagot, and US aircraft such as a F-4,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Couple weekends ago I visited Southern Museum of Flight and was very impressed. Something that didn't look like much from the outside turned out to be very interesting and worth seeing. Decent amount of airplanes - mainly smaller models. In the military area they had some bigger jets and helicopters. Great staff and they have a AAA discount. The only... More

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Vancouver, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The museum contains both civilian and military exhibits. I didn't realize there was so much aviation history coming out of Alabama until I went here. The staff were friendly and helpful. There are interactive exhibits to engage the young ones, and military exhibits taking a thoughtful slice of history and presenting it in easily consumable bites. If you have any... More

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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79 reviews 79 reviews
41 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I wanted to spend an afternoon exploring Birmingham and came across this in my AAA tour book. Members get a discount. What a lovely museum! The dioramas are well complete with sound effects. The local history- Tuskegee airmen, the Alabama native present when the North Korean pilot defected to the US and the recovery of a bomber - not sure... More

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Dothan, Alabama
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My wife and I were keeping two of our grandkids in Birmingham and I needed a place I could take a 5 year old for a few hours while the 3 year old slept. It was very interesting to me and had enough "stuff" to keep the 5 year old interested for several hours. Although the flight simulators had signs... More

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